In Cooperation with Sedef Sertkan and Zsófia Windisch
Edited By Ednan Aslan and Margarete Rausch
I -THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
- I - T H E O R E T I C A L A N D CO N C E P T UA L F R A M E WO R K 29 A B ST R A C T This chapter attempts to analyze the understanding of secularism among Muslims from a variety of perspectives and to explain the back- ground of that understanding. Drawing on the experiences of three im- migrant groups in Europe, it will examine the impact of that understand- ing in the European context, from which it should become apparent that Muslims have not yet unencumbered themselves from the trauma of co- lonialism and their cultural as well as religious defensive stance with re- gard to it. In the final segment, this piece investigates how their location in Europe impacts the way Muslims understand their Westernization in their daily lives and how they shape Islam in freedom in that context. This analysis is intended to serve as an answer to the questions: “Which experiences of Muslims influence their ideas about the term ‘secular- ism’?” and, “In what areas of their lives in Europe do these ideas become visible?” Finally, the analysis intends to reveal the obstacles that still pre- clude the development of a new concept of secularism among Muslims in the West. A p p ro a c h e s t o t h e Co n ce p t o f S e c u l a r i s m...
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